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7:55 PM ET, September 14, 2021

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CNN:
Woodward/Costa book: Worried Trump could ‘go rogue,’ Milley took secret action to protect nuclear weapons  —  The story below contains explicit language  —  Washington (CNN)Two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, President Donald Trump's top military adviser …
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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Top general was so fearful Trump might spark war that he made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart, new book says  —  ‘Peril,’ by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reveals that Gen. Mark A. Milley called his Chinese counterpart before the election and after Jan. 6 in a bid to avert armed conflict.
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Fears That Trump Might Launch a Strike Prompted General to Reassure China, Book Says  —  In a sign of his concerns, the nation's highest-ranking military officer also gathered commanders to remind them of the safeguards in the nuclear launch procedures.  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Awful new revelations about Trump and Jan. 6 show Mike Pence is no hero  —  Ever since Mike Pence announced on Jan. 6 that he lacked power to help Donald Trump overturn the 2020 election in Congress, it's been widely suggested that the Vice President was one of the few heroes in this ugly tale.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Raw Story
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
No, General Milley, President Trump Wasn't Losing It  —  The former commander in chief has been his own authentic self consistently all his life.  —  General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was so consumed with fear that former President Donald Trump might launch “rogue” …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Pelosi told top general Trump should have been ‘arrested on the spot’ for inciting Capitol insurrection, new book says
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Evans / Deadline:
Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian & Former ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Anchor Was 61  —  Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live's most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-year private battle with cancer.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show  —  Its own in-depth research shows a significant teen mental-health issue that Facebook plays down in public  —  About a year ago, teenager Anastasia Vlasova started seeing a therapist.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Why Did the Staff at the Met Wear Masks, While the Celebrities Went Without?  —  The photographs from last night's event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City show a host of celebrities — including New York Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney …
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Daily Mail:
America's No.1 champagne socialist AOC defends going to $35k-a-ticket Met Gala with boyfriend because her Tax the Rich dress 'sent searches about our f-ed …
Discussion: New York Magazine, RedState and spiked
Joseph Clark / Washington Times:
Josh Hawley to block Biden's nominees until Cabinet members resign over Afghanistan  —  Sen. Josh Hawley pledged on Tuesday to hold up confirmation votes for all Pentagon or State Department nominees until key members of President Biden's Cabinet resign over the Afghanistan pullout.
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Republican derails Afghanistan hearing by asking who can ‘press the button’ to silence Biden
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
‘Succession’ actor Alan Ruck drives Biden motorcade van during California stop
David Dayen / American Prospect:
It's Time to Recall the Recalls in California  —  Democrats shouldn't walk away from Gavin Newsom's survival without changing the undemocratic structure of direct democracy in the state.  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a rally against the state's gubernatorial recall election, September 12, 2021, in Sun Valley, California.
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Eric Ting / SFGATE:
When will we know the outcome of the Gavin Newsom recall election in California?
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Larry Elder Preemptively Concedes Defeat, Launches Voter-Fraud Site
New York Times:
Ex-U.S. Intelligence Officers Admit to Hacking Crimes in Work for Emiratis  —  They were among a trend of Americans working for foreign governments trying to build their cyberoperation abilities.  —  WASHINGTON — Three former American intelligence officers hired by the United Arab Emirates …
New York Times:
New York Will Soon Lose 1 House Seat.  The G.O.P. Might Lose 5.  —  A new bipartisan commission is drawing up district lines, but New York Democratic leaders are laying the groundwork to take over the redistricting process.  —  Seven years ago, New Yorkers voted decisively to empower …
Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis reaches a new low of cynicism and recklessness  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a Republican, has descended to a jaw-dropping level of cynicism.  At a news conference on Monday, he announced that if local governments in Florida impose vaccine mandates on their employees, he would fine them $5,000 for every worker.
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Quinnipiac University Poll:
Biden Underwater On Job Approval And Handling Of Key Issues, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Than 6 In 10 Americans Believe U.S. Troops Will Return To Afghanistan  — mail_outline  —  Americans' views have dimmed on the way President Joe Biden is handling his job as president …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Democrats cut deal with Manchin to get party behind long-shot voting overhaul bill  —  (CNN)Senate Democrats are proposing new legislation to overhaul voting laws after months of discussions to get all 50 of their members behind a single bill, allowing their caucus to speak with one voice …
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Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:   My Thoughts on Manchin's Compromise Bill
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McAuliffe seen on Amtrak without mask, skirting federal mask mandates; passenger calls it a ‘double standard’  —  Amtrak passenger who saw McAuliffe July 29 called violation of the rules an ‘absolutely double standard’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 14
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The GOP is now a zombie of the party that triumphed in the 2003 recall  —  In October 2003, I was working at the CBS affiliate in Bakersfield running the assignment desk and helping produce our political coverage.  It was an exciting time to be in both news and politics.
Financial Times:
Joe Biden's suggestion of summit with Xi Jinping falls on deaf ears  —  US president proposed face-to-face meeting in call last week but Chinese leader did not respond  —  Joe Biden suggested he hold a face-to-face summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping during a 90-minute call last week …
Discussion: New York Post
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
What The Right Needs Now Is The Courage To Fight Even If It Costs Us  —  All of a sudden, the conservative project is not a conservative one, so much as a counter-revolutionary one.  —  This is the text of the Bradley Prize acceptance speech the author gave on Sept. 13.
Discussion: americandigest.org
Nikita Biryukov / New Jersey Monitor:
N.J. top cop notes 22 COVID-related deaths among police in a week as unions continue anti-mandate push  —  There was a spate of virus-related deaths among police officers last week as law enforcement unions in some corners of the state fight to head off vaccine mandates …
Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Words matter.  So these journalists refuse to call GOP election meddling an ‘audit.’  —  There's a simple but powerful idea behind the Philadelphia Inquirer's recent decision not to use the word “audit” when referring to an effort by the state GOP to investigate the 2020 election:  —  Words matter.
James Landale / BBC:
China's ambassador Zheng Zeguang banned from UK Parliament  —  China's ambassador to the UK has been told he cannot come to Parliament while sanctions remain in place against a number of MPs and peers.  —  Zheng Zeguang was due to attend a Commons reception on Wednesday, hosted by the all-party group on China.
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and UPI
Charlie Smart / New York Times:
Covid Hospitalization Crisis Reaches Fever Pitch in Southern I.C.U.s  —  Share of I.C.U. beds occupied in each hospital  —  Circle size is proportional to I.C.U. capacity.  —  Wash.  —  Maine  —  Mont.  —  N.D.  —  Ore.  —  Vt.  —  Minn.  —  N.H.  —  Idaho  —  Wis.  —  S.D.
David Moye / HuffPost:
Tucker Carlson Admits He Sometimes Lies On His Show  —  “I mean, I lie if I'm really cornered or something,” Carlson told conservative talk show host Dave Rubin.  —  Tucker Carlson is apparently telling the truth when he says he sometimes lies on his show.
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
“It's Good to Be Wealthy”: Joe Lonsdale, Silicon Valley Apostate  —  Over the years, the Peter Thiel disciple and Palantir co-founder has emerged as one of the most effective, iconoclastic, and sometimes abrasive defenders of the ultra-rich.  And unlike Thiel, as one person who knows them both well put it …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The U.S. Army tells troops to get vaccinated soon or face discipline up to possible dismissal.
Jon Brown / Fox News:
Bipartisan legislation seeks to freeze funding for gain-of-function research
Discussion: RedState
Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:
Larry Ellison, Netanyahu Trial Witness, Offers ex-PM Seat on Oracle's Board
Discussion: New York Post
Wall Street Journal:
Labor Shortages Give Low-Pay Workers a Raise. Inflation Eats It Up.
Los Angeles Times:
California coronavirus cases dropping, CDC says
 Earlier Items: 
Nathan Bernard / The Intercept:
Ten Months After Senate Election Loss, Sara Gideon Still Has $10 Million in Unused Campaign Funds
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
What if Republicans had a party and Trump wasn't there?
Discussion: Raw Story
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Memo shows how Homeland Security restricted flow of ‘election-related’ intelligence ahead of 1/6
Discussion: Raw Story
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
GOP's Jan. 6 problem returns to its doorstep
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and Raw Story